Archive | February, 2010

Wilton Makes Chairman Permanent CEO

Wilton Brands Inc. announced today that Chairman of the Board and interim CEO Jerry Levin has been appointed as the company’s permanent CEO. Levin will also continue as the company’s Chairman.

Levin has been interim CEO since Wilton’s previous CEO, Richard Conti, resigned in October 2009 shortly after a settlement with the company’s creditors kept it out of bankruptcy court but placed it under new ownership.

Wilton is the parent of scrapbook brands EK Success, K & Company and Martha Stewart Crafts.

Mr. Levin had this to say about his new role at the company: “Since serving as Chairman and interim Chief Executive Officer I have been impressed with Wilton, and its great products, brands, and people. I am enthusiastic about the opportunities that exist at Wilton. I am looking forward to working with the Board and the Company’s employees to continue Wilton’s successes.”


A Look at Club Scrap (and a giveaway!)

It started back in June 1999, and today continues to grow and expand. I’m talking of course about Club Scrap, a kit club that creates coordinated scrapbook product kits and ships them around the world to members each month. While the kits vary widely in colors and themes, Club Scrap has a very steady style. So if you enjoy their look, you’re sure to be pleased each month.

Their kit club is similar to others in that each month you’ll receive a boxed kit of product that coordinates. What makes Club Scrap different is that not only do they produce most of their own exclusive designs, but they also have a wide variety of subscription options available to suit different crafters’ needs. The traditional “club scrap” membership includes the monthly kit, and then members also get to choose a “side” (or add-on) kit. The company says that members save over 55% off the retail price of product with this membership. Then they also have a “lite” membership, a “digital” membership, and a “stamping” membership available to fit other crafting needs.

I was sent this kit from a few months ago to work with, and what struck me first about it was how it was set up to create quick & easy pages. A colorful magazine was included as well as layout sketches. Club Scrap’s Assembly Line Scrapbooking is a part of the membership, and is very popular with members. The instructions are easy and clear for recreating layouts with the kit.

In my scrapbooking travels, I have always heard positive things about service and quality from Club Scrap customers. I asked Karen Poirier-Brode, a long-time subscriber, to tell me what she likes about Club Scrap. She had this to say:

I like the assembly line scrapbooking they offer… and the technique videos are wonderful springboards to creativity. The stamps are very high quality and I like the stencils – they are fun for backgrounds and embellishments.

Purchasing Club Scrap and Club Scrap Jr. and side orders is a bit costly though I think I get GREAT value for the money. Of course, I’m a nut about kits in general but this is a very good one.

In looking over this kit and their site I see several strong reasons a person would enjoy a membership and benefit from it:

  • Significant savings. Get more product for your dollar
  • Exclusive product. No worry about getting duplicates of items.
  • Inspiration. Sketches and instructions come with each kit.
  • Community. Online forums provide help and a community of scrapbookers.
  • Flexibility. Crafters get both 8 1/2 x 11 and 12 x 12 patterned paper in a kit.
  • Customer service. Club Scrap has a reputation for excellent service.

I suggest looking over past kits to get a feel for their style, as well as reviewing the terms & conditions for membership for Club Scrap (or for any kit club you might be considering) before deciding if it is for you.

Club Scrap may not be the right kit club for everyone, but they certainly do offer enough options to be widely appealing. They are a strong and well-respected club for good reason.

Think Club Scrap might be for you? Would you like to try it out? One lucky reader will win the kit that we’ve featured in the images in this article. It’s the June 2009 Club Scrap kit and embellishment pack, supplied courtesy of Club Scrap.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Tuesday, March 2nd. (Note: If you are reading this post via an email or RSS subscription, click where it says “A Look at Club Scrap” and it will take you to the giveaway’s entry on the  Scrapbook Update website where you can fill out the comment form at the bottom of the article to enter. You must comment on this particular giveaway article for your entry to count.) Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form. For your own protection, don’t put it in the body of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it. You will need it to verify your identity if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person.


Paperclipping Roundtable #8: Tools & Lain, Are You There?

Paperclipping Roundtable episode #8 is available for download! This week the panel consisted of me, Noell Hyman, Lain Ehmann, and Renee Pearson, and we talked all about our favorite (and least favorite) tools!

To listen to this week’s episode, you can click here.


The Contest

We announced in the show that we’re starting a contest. The prize is a chance for you to be on the Paperclipping Roundtable as a guest panelist. Wouldn’t that be fun?

Here’s how to enter (this is available to anyone):

1. Write your own opinion about a topic we’ve discussed in any episode of the Paperclipping Roundtable and post it online somewhere. This could be on your blog or in a forum. (Make sure you link back to the Papercliping Roundtable episode that had the topic you’re discussing to ensure you qualify.) Note: while we like reading reviews about the show help us to improve it, we are not looking for reviews of the show for this contest.

2. Add a comment on this blog post letting us know you wrote about the Roundtable, and include a link to what you wrote — so we can see it.

3. Wait for us to select our favorite reviews and choose someone to be on the show.

It’s that easy. We can’t wait to read what you write. And we’re thrilled to have one of you on the show with us!


Pink Paislee Starts “Creative Lifestyle” Magazine

Pink Paislee has recently made available for download on its website the debut issue of its new quarterly publication Live Pink, which it is describing as a “creative lifestyle magazine”.

The publication is edited by Crystal Jeffrey Rieger. Contributing Designers are listed as Jennifer Beason, Erin Terrell Clarkson, Roree Rumph, and Nicole Samuels. In the debut issue, there is also the sketch article credited to Valerie Salmon, as well as a profile of Janet Hopkins (of House of 3).

The premiere issue is 16 pages in pdf form. Subtracting out a couple of full-page ads for other companies, the cover and the table of contents, there are about a dozen pages of editorial content in the magazine. The intended regular features appear to include columns about sketches and budget scrapbooking.

The issue, intended to cover the first quarter of 2010, shows on page 4 the collections which were released at CHA Summer 2009 as “in stores now”. A separate listing inside the front cover shows the three collections that were shown at CHA Winter 2010 and which Pink Paislee plans to ship in March.


CHA Summer 2010 Website is Live!

Yes, it is time to start thinking about CHA Summer 2010 already! The Craft & Hobby Association has transitioned the CHA show website from displaying information about the Winter 2010 show that just passed to the Summer 2010 show that will be coming in July.

The CHA Summer 2010 trade show takes place in Rosemont, IL at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center from July 27th-29th, 2010. Educational seminars begin on July 26th.

Travel information is one of the things that has already been posted on the website, and the hotel reservations system is active for the participating convention hotels. Some of these hotels are offering extra discounts for rooms booked before March 15th, so book early!

Starting March 1st, CHA will be accepting applications via the show website from CHA members who wish to present education programs. The final submission deadline is Monday, March 22nd.


Couture Cardstock Wins British Airways Travel Grant

Back in September, Scrapbook Update told the scrapbook community about a grant program from British Airways to help small businesses with travel expenses to aid them in expanding internationally.

Well, now we’re happy to announce that congratulations are in order for Scrapbook Update friend and advertiser Couture Cardstock! Shortly before CHA Winter took place in Anaheim, British Airways announced that Couture Cardstock was selected as one of the 100 grant winners:

For its Business Opportunity Grant program, British Airways hand selected the winning companies primarily based on how a year’s worth of business travel and face to face meetings, along with other valuable business support, would positively impact each business, its growth and ability to meet objectives for 2010. The grant includes airfare for 10 round-trip Club World business class flights, five free global shipments with British Airways World Cargo, $1,000 toward hotel accommodations at Courtyard by Marriott, five Regus Businessworld Gold Cards offering access to its business lounges worldwide, a Canon MX860 Printer, and three face-to-face business introductions through ExeConnect.

Couture Cardstock is very excited about the opportunities offered by the British Airways Business Opportunity Grant to explore doing business in the European and Australian markets, according to their President, CarrieAnne DeLoach:

Couture Cardstock is thrilled to have been awarded this opportunity to attend trade shows in Europe and Australia. We look forward to sharing Couture Cardstock products, ideas, and techniques directly with our customers in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. We encourage those interested in learning more about the Couture Cardstock products which are available for direct purchase and via wholesale to contact

Scrapbook Update, for our part, is immensely excited to have played even a small role in helping to bring such an opportunity to a member of the scrapbook community. Congratulations to CarrieAnne and the whole Couture team!